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TIKIVILLE
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From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2009-12-31 3:43 pm   Permalink

is their a drum carving champ on this here dealeo?
who could I learn something from about drums?
do the patterns mean anything ? that sort ...


 
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TIKIVILLE
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Posted: 2010-01-05 5:35 pm   Permalink

bump.....anybody?

 
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little lost tiki
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From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2010-01-05 5:38 pm   Permalink

Babs has done the research
Buzzy's carved some
Squid sculpted some
try those kids...


 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2010-01-06 11:52 am   Permalink

Hey, Looking Great! Very nice way to dress up a plain-Jane drum and making it look great. It Might even make it sound a bit better Too!

 
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TIKIVILLE
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From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2010-01-06 12:08 pm   Permalink

Thanks!
High praise as far as I'm concerned!
I gotta few nifty things I'm gonna try on it before I throw it in the circle lol
Any tips?


 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2010-01-06 6:25 pm   Permalink

Hey Tikiville:

Here's my step by step process for decorating up the drums. Hope you don't mind all this visual clutter on your thread. If you want me to take it off after you check it out, just let me know.

First I just kind of get a general rough plan sketched out. Nothing too complicated, just enough for me to have an idea where I'm going before I start
this one is just random space filling stuff:


This one tries to suggest a hidden tiki face in the design. Not super apparent, just a subtle hint of an abstract tiki. The goal was to make it hidden until it's pointed out, then my hope is that it will be obvious:


for the bigger drums, I do scale drawings down to the half inch of them before I start. the Tikiyaki drum is in the middle. On the left in this photo are a couple stencils I used for the legs of other drums:


After all the paperwork is done, I do the carving part. I start with a grid of 1" squares over the surface I carve:



The reason I do them in 1" squares is because I do the carving with a 1/2" veiner, as shown in the following picture.


I'll call the space I carve the "positive space" and the uncarved "negative space" for this explanation. I want the + space to be as wide as the - space. The grid helps me keep those ratios consistent. Here I start carving out the design(this is just a quick one I did on some scrap wood for this educational endeavor)


A little more progress:

And still more:


Once I do the whole design with the 1/2" veiner, I take my 1/4" one and make them deeper. I do this because the 1/2 tends to rip out the - space on the palm wood when I try to go deep with it. It's hard for palm to hold detail on the horizontal cuts without breaking off, so I find it's less frustarting to use the two tools to do this. Here's the little veiner next to the first one I used:


Here it is after going over it a second time with the smaller tool:

It's a little messy at this point, so now it's time to clean it up...

for this step I use a hand sanding block:


Here's the surface cleaned and most of the edges softened


Next, I round out the corners with a small rounded gouge:


I just do his by hand like this:


See how they are now round in shape? this helps to reduce the chance of splintering off:

The + space is kind of messy, so the next thing to do is clean it up.

For that, I wrap sand paper around an emery board and sand away. this part will give you many under the fingernail splinter experiences:


Here it is after a real qiuck cleanup


In this picture,you can see all the defects and different tones in the wood surface. It still looks "messy", even though it's clean and smooth:

Those scars just left of center are from the tree service guy's spikes as he climbed up and down the tree.

All that mess kind of disappears and brings the design forward when you add a little stain to it:


If this was a real piece I was working on, I would sand it by hand with emery boards until it was perfectly smooth. I feel it has to be so clean, that there is no chance that a splinter will break off of it when it is handled by the user. to me, that's a very important consideration. drums are differnt in that they will be used and touched, unlike a tiki that just sits there for decoration

Here's the little one I just finished to show the quality of finishing on it. this drum is real small, so I used the 1/4" veiner on it with an even smaller one for the second pass:

it's hard to make out, but if you look close, you can see that I carved two tiki faces back to back on this one. In the center of this shot, you can the ear of each one and one of each of thier eyes on the outer edge

Here's a straight on view of one of the faces:

once again, not a straight up tiki by design, but rather just the suggestion of tiki face features

Hope that helps!
Buzzy Out!

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BIG tiki scott
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Posted: 2010-01-06 6:32 pm   Permalink

buzzy!!! very cool stuff!! that little finished drum is AWSOME!!! you have an awsome style and ur work shows me i have lots to learn!! beautiful carvin buzzy!! cheerz!!

 
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TIKIVILLE
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From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2010-01-06 8:53 pm   Permalink

YES!, see a true master is always willing to share his knowlage, thank you !
This is definatly the answer to some of my questions, now hands and knees in the laundry room and back at it ...


 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2010-01-07 08:30 am   Permalink

That tutorial is pure gold.


 
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TIKIVILLE
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From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2010-01-08 10:56 am   Permalink

Finished this little fella last night ....now to finish that drum!



 
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seeksurf
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Posted: 2010-01-09 9:39 pm   Permalink

Right on looking good.

 
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TIKIVILLE
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From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2010-02-19 11:12 am   Permalink

well, the drum got sidetracked AGAIN !
and while waiting for the distraction of my MUG SWAP
I flipped out and went light crazy...
this is the float lights and stuff that I made for the hut,



this one was old hat! lol

who knew string could be so therapudic!?




 
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KAHAKA
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From: San Jose, CA
Posted: 2010-02-20 2:19 pm   Permalink

Nice work! I want to try to make some of those float lamps, but the tying looks tricky to me.
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TIKIVILLE
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From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2010-02-20 3:30 pm   Permalink

not so tricky , as long as you have something to keep the spaces even ,
enough string and aren't rattled by the repetition ( and there is alot of it ) lol
Actually kinda fun to start something and finish it on the same night


 
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